D. Johnson To O's? Keep 'Dreaming'

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 28, 2007

BALTIMORE, May 27 -- Former Baltimore Orioles manager Davey Johnson has not had any contact with the Baltimore Orioles about possibly replacing current manager Sam Perlozzo, Johnson said Sunday night by telephone.

A story in Sunday's Baltimore Sun identified Johnson, who led the Orioles to their last playoff appearance, as a candidate to replace Perlozzo if he were to be fired. Johnson defended Perlozzo and responded angrily to the Sun article.

"I like Sammy," Johnson said. "As far as I know, he's doing a great job. I'm not into that deal there.

"I don't know anything about this. You just called up and pulled it out of the blue that my name had been mentioned in the paper. Hell, it's been mentioned 100 times before. Give me a break."

When reached, Johnson was in Los Angeles, on his way to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to take his son-in-law fishing, he said. He had not read or heard of the Sun article, he said. He planned on staying in Mexico for a week, a point he made to show how far removed from the situation he is.

"I don't even know that he's on the hot seat," Johnson said. "I don't even know why we're having this conversation. I guess there's nothing to write about, so you guys start dreaming up stuff. I wish him the best. I'm not going to lend any credence to that.

"That's why people write, because they dream up stuff and want to put pressure on people. Leave me out of these sordid little games you play."

Johnson served as bench coach for the United States in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and is managing the U.S. team trying to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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